Sunday, February 16, 2014

2 Free Max For Live Devices

Hey guys, all today I have been messing around with M4L and make a few cool devices.

First we have the Fancy LFO. Well.. I guess it's not too fancy but it's alright. You can switch between LP, HP, BP and notch style filters. Also, when using LFO, you can set the minimum and maximum frequencies of the modulation depth, instead of hav to use a single depth control. 

The second is FN:RAM. When random is activated, generates a random frequency every quarter note that modulates the volume. The high frequency modulation creates some unique and crazy textures.

I will be adding these to the downloads page so you can check them out for yourself. 

Fancy LFO

FN:RAM (Fourth Note Random Amp Mod)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Making 808s That Thump

This tutorial I go through making 808 style kicks using operator and some audio effects.

Check out the downloads tab to download a free 808 kick sample pack

Create a center detent knob using Mapulator

You will need Max For Live and the Mapulator Max Device.

Download Mapulator for free here

Ok, you might be like, WTF is a center detent knob??? The most common example of this on DJ mixers. It is a knob that is a hi-pass when you turn it to the right and low-pass when you turn it to the left. Sweet huh?

So lets get started.

Load up Mapulator and 2 auto filters, one a high pass and one a low pass.

Highlight them all using SHIFT+click then group 'em using CTRL+G.

Macro the "Smart" knob on macro 1 or your MIDI controller knob or whatever.

Click the frequency on one of the auto filter then click "Learn" on mapulator. Do this for both. Make sure you choose 2 different parameters in the parameter drop menu.

Now move your macro and watch the line move back and forth, pretty huh?
Click to add modulation. Create a line that starts low and gets high just slightly before the middle for the LP and a line that is all the way down and starts rising just after the middle, I wouldn't have them exactly in the middle if your using a controller, just so you have some leeway.

And BAM! There you go:) Enjoy.

Use an Xbox 360 Controller as Midi Controller

This is taken from an old post I made on Ableton Addicts. I updated the DL link, enjoy.

**You need a WIRED 360 controller

Ok, It took me forever to find out how to do this with out Max Runtime. I found a tutorial on how to do it with FL Studio, but it had some holes, and no one that ever used controllers before might not had got it. So I'm making one for Ableton Live 8. Also I believe this method will only work with PC, unless you find similar software that will run on Mac (should work in 9 as well)

You will need MidiYoke, Bome's Midi Translator Classic, and Avis Rejoice, and the Microsoft 360 Controller driver to do this.

Always check for updated versions ^^

I packed them all in a .rar for you.. download it here

1. Make sure your controller is plugged in to a USB port and that you have all the listed software installed.

2. In Rejoice towards the right of the middle section click "Note On" then press and hold a button on your controller, there will be a value that shows up, and click "Add" Do this until you add all your buttons. There will be a list of all assigned buttons at the top.

In the middle in the "Midi Out" drop menu select "Out To MIDI YOKE: 1"

(I know its wrong in the picture, change it from your default)

Then at the bottom click "Route MIDI" and select "MIDI Yoke: 1"

3. Run Bome's Midi Translator Classic.
go to "Midi In" at the top and select "MIDI Yoke: 1" you will not need a Midi Out selected

4. Click the "[+]" in he middle that says "Add New Translator" when you hover over it.
Name it after the bottom you will press. Keep doing this until you have a list of all your buttons.

5. Right click a translation and click "edit" (or double click)

Then, click the check box that says "Capture MIDI" then hold down you botton for that translation the uncheck "Capture MIDI" then press apply, you must be holding the button when you uncheck the box
(Repeat process for all buttons)

7. How to Map MIDI controls in Ableton:
Press CTRL+M and click on what you want to map then press the button you want to map the press CTRL+M again and now that control is mapped

Have fun!

Download Page Updated

Hey guys just finished updating the downloads tab, check it out for free analog and operator racks, audio fx racks and a free vst.

In the near future I will be posting a Dubstep Snare pack and an 808 Kick pack.


Layered Vocal Delays

In this tutorial I show you how to make great sounding vocal delays using live's devices

Welcome to my blog!

Hey everyone my name is Jordon Renn AKA CyroTactix, I create Ableton Live tutorials and plan on giving away some sample packs, live racks, presets and even free royalty free music.

With the launch of this Blog I will be 'uping the standards' of my tutorials, making sure they are more clear, have a more professional feel.

Hope you enjoy!